We want to inspire Nepali youths to believe that politics can be noble

Of late, the country has seen a few new parties—most recently the Sajha Party—claiming to provide an alternative to the moribund mainstream political parties, and to deliver clean politics and development.

Mar 20 2017

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The sky won’t fall if all three elections aren’t held by the deadline

Political tension has flared up in the wake of the clash last week between the police and the supporters of the Madhesi Morcha.

Mar 13 2017

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Redrawing of provincial boundaries has no bearing on local elections

As the date for local level elections has been set, political parties are preparing for polls. Yet the government has not been able to bring convince the agitating Madhes-based parties to take part in the elections.

Mar 06 2017

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India can have an important role in asking Madhesi parties to take part in polls

Last week, the government announced the date for local elections. The decision has been generally hailed as an important step in implementing the constitution, as January 21, 2018 has been set as the constitutional deadline for holding elections to all three levels of government.

Feb 27 2017

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Given the current trend of politics, a crisis seems imminent

The Nepal Congress and the CPN (Maoist Center) have agreed to announce the election dates for local level elections in the next Cabinet meeting, taking into account the constitutional requirement that local, provincial, and federal level elections must be held by 21 January 2018.

Feb 20 2017

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We embrace Hindutwa as the backbone of the Nepali polity

Two rightist forces—the Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal and the Rastriya Prajatantra Party—merged on November 22 to become the RPP.

Feb 13 2017

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Transitional justice should also address root causes of the conflict

The two-year mandate of the two transitional justice bodies formed to investigate insurgency-era cases will expire at the end of the week.

Feb 06 2017

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We should aim to consume power domestically rather than export it

Energy Minister Janardan Sharma has been the talk of town lately because of his initiation to reform the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) and free the Capital from load shedding, while minimising power outages throughout the country.

Jan 30 2017

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Nepali nationality has not been well defined even after 250 years

Last week marked the 10th anniversary of the first Madhes movement, a three-week long mass demonstration in the plains that, together with the second uprising, contributed to establishing Nepal as a federal democratic republic.

Jan 23 2017

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Longer the delay in spending available funds, harder it will be to secure new funds

Last Wednesday, the government sacked Sushil Gyewali as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) after it found the two clarifications he furnished about delays in post-earthquake rebuilding works unsatisfactory.

Jan 16 2017

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Local bodies won’t be sustainable if they cannot generate revenue

Ten months after its formation, the Local Level Restructuring Commission (LLRC) has finally submitted its report to the prime minister on Friday.

Jan 09 2017

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